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obama's secret weapon, his wife michelle, takes the stage to tell the country why they should give her husband another four years. >>> new kid on the block. a 37-year-old mayor, a rising latino leader. tonight, julian castro delivers a history-making speech, can he do what a young obama did eight years ago, when he made the speech that launched his career. we're behind the scenes. >>> and party on. the gloves are off. it's crunch time for president obama's campaign with the polls in a dead heat, can the democrats convince americans that things will be better the second time around? >>> good evening. i'm terry moran in charlotte, north carolina. day one of the democratic national convention. and here just, just a little while ago, michelle obama brought down the house. they had the signs "we love michelle." this one is prepackprepackaged, question about it. but the emotion response spontaneous, as michelle obama told the nation why she believes her husband deserves another four years in the white house. when she speaks of their love and dreams. no question about, michelle obama is the p
, tonight, and michelle obama, what is the big test for michelle obama? we know she's practiced, she's a practiced speaker, she's been on the national stage, unlike ann romney, who hit it out of the park with her first effort, really, using teleprompters and all the attention. what is the tactical political effect of michelle obama? >> i think michelle made her debut four years ago in what was an off the chart speech. i think she, because of her closeness obviously with the president and her viewpoint, she can really tell the story of his values, his upbringing, what he believes, and what he wants to do yet for this country. i think she is going to be a powerful and passionate advocate for the president tonight and will give a great speech. >> unlike mitt romney, who needed to have the biography filled in and ann romney was trying to explain just who is this man who has been described variously as robotic and not warm and cuddly to the outside world, at least, president obama has a very high popularity quotient but his big gap is on answering the republican bumper stickers, which is
party towards another. michelle obama is watching her and in her role as first lady these last few years she cares deeply about the children of america. mayor ron emmanuel joining us. the speech by meier monicaromijn manual very well received. the president it's my honor to speak to you about the president i serve. he may not be the headliner but he is certainly chicagos the president's former chief of staff onstage prime-time pushing hard for four more years rising above all of the voices in washington president obama listen to the voices that mattered to him most the voices of the autoworkers in the community that depended on them just like the voices of the steelworkers and the communities on the south side of chicago where he worked earlier in his career illinois delegates on the floor of the time warner cable arena tonight trying to get in and there are others and iraqi war dead tami duckworth. mr. romney had a chance to show his support for the brave men and women he is seeking to command but he chose to criticize president barack obama instead of even odder and the word afgh
. the first lady of the united states, michelle obama, has tonight's most critical job, reminding voters why they liked her husband enough to put him in the white house, and to make the case for giving him another four years. joining us now in our coverage all of this week, anderson cooper, high above the floor. >> our new poll shows why that case is more urgent than ever for the democrat. new numbers on mitt romney's convention bounds. john, what are the numbers? >> anderson, as the democrats open their convention tonight, let's look at that very question. we know governor romney got a one-point bounce out of his convention, not so great, about half what the president got four years ago. not a big bounce. where does that leave us? the democrats' opening night two months from a critical election day. doesn't get any closer than that. 48-48. >> the convention will pay tribute to a champion of health care reform, the late senator edward kennedy, and the woman who stood by his side, vicki kennedy. >> meanwhile, the floor plan is completely different from the republican convention in tampa. sinc
from the star of the obama family, michelle obama. you know, this is just like a relay and you start off with the fastest person. so i'm going to be at home and i'm going to be watching it with our girls. and i am going to try not to let them see their daddy cry. because when michelle starts talking, i start getting all misty. >> let's go to our white house correspondent brianna keilar. she's downstairs here in the convention at the time warner cable. what else do we expect the first lady to say tonight? >> wolf, we're really expecting her to stay somewhat on message when it comes to what president obama's campaign is all about. that he's making decisions putting the middle class first. but she's going to be doing it. a source close to her tells me from a very personal place. she'll obviously talk about herself is the person who knows him best, around him at very pivotal moments and she'll talk about how she's seen him make difficult decisions, whether it be health care reform or over the auto bailout. and that she has seen him make these decisions putting the middle class first. tha
in with michele obama, a portion of michele obama's speech, what did you think of it? >> it was a great speech, it really was. so many personal anecdotes you could visualize. we were talking last week about how ann romney said a lot of great things about mitt romney but never gave you the visuals. john said it best. who in america are in that convention hall -- or in that convention hall watching the speech didn't get the image of a loving father struck with ms, seeing his two children sat the top of the stairs and fighting and struggling to get up those stairs to hug his children at the end of the day or fighting and struggling to get out of bad to go to work to give them a slice of the american dream. it was an absolutely fantastic speech. and the great line, absolutely loved the line, that being president doesn't change who you are, it reveals who you are. >> very personal, very revealing but it also might have accomplished something in terms of touching on some key areas that might have needed some work, not that the president, you would think, had a problem with the women's vote. >> right
, michelle obama scheduled to take the stage to talk up her husband. but there is one thing you should absolutely not expect to hear her say. and how her speech could compare with that of ann romney at the rnc. but first from fox's tuesday night live from charlotte, the democratic national convention is now officially underway. and how is this for timing? today the national debt clock topped $16 trillion for the first time in u.s. history. we'll have more on that a little later with gather are you willis. we'll three hours away from the headliners, including the first lady, michelle obama. she checked out the stage yesterday. president obama says he can not compete with the first lady, calling her the star of the obama family. >> i'm going to be at home and i'm going to be watching her with our girls and i am going to try not to let them see their daddy cry. because when michelle starts talking i start getting all misty. >> shep: tonight's other big speech, the keynote address from none other than julian castro, the mayor of san antonio, texas. he is but 37 years old and the first lati
, bill clinton. center stage, what we've learned about what he'll say. and michelle obama, the speech, was she taking aim. and tonight, what's happening now with that dress. >>> touchdown, tornadoes striking in an unlikely place. and tonight, abc's weatheret tour sam champion with more extreme weather on the way. >>> the moments after strapping police unstrap the bomb to help her. robbers forced her to make the heist. >>> and the price is right. if you've ever bought something on line, the new report says if you wait just one minute before you place the order, you could save up to $100. >>> and good evening, from charlotte tonight. a big night ahead here at the democratic national convention. and we should note that diane has just arrived back from mississippi. she was there today with our friend robin roberts for robin's mother's funeral. all of our hearts in mississippi today. diane will be here a little later in the broadcast. but we do begin tonight with the major headlines right here in charlotte tonight. where today we learned a sudden change of plans. in fact, look at this, the
of obama's little sister. i am michelle obama's older brother. any 7-footers out there come give me a call. >> craig and i come from different states. we have had different upbringings. as you can see, we have different perspectives on the world. >> but no matter how different winning seem, we share a set of values are -- how different we may seem, we share is set of values, values that are as important in chicago as they are in honolulu. a willingness to work hard, a commitment to education, and looking out for each other. they are the values of how barack and michele have lived their lives, raise their nieces, and lead this country as president and first lady of the united states. [applause] >> four years ago, at this convention, i spoke with you all about how barack and i did not grow up with much in the wake of wealth. but we were blessed with a mother who taught us that education is the surest path from limited means to limitless opportunity. she inspired me to become a teacher and she inspired barack's deep commitment to giving all our young people the opportunity is our education ga
michelle obama of course, and a great keynote speech from julian castro. we'll give you our unique take on it, and you'll be able to participate by way of social media. give us run down on how that works. >> cenk: i will. as you saw in the republican convention because i'm positive you all were watching, we have a twitter feed that goes up on the screen, and we have a whole range of different publics that we look in on, mainstream media pundits, conservatives liberals comedians and they're oftentimes incredibly funny including, when everyone is talking about invisible obama. at the end of the republican national convention, i'll have a fact on that that you'll love, and of course president obama as well here tweeting. in fact, the biggest tweet of the republican national convention was ironically from president obama. it was about invisible obama. we'll get to that in a bit. we'll go to l.a. to check in on social media. we'll go to convention live to check in. michael shure and david shuster and we'll go to some of the speeches that the vice president mentioned and cal penn will be chec
underway here. the delegates buzzing about first lady michelle obama's speech last night. the energy is gearing up to former president bill clinton's speech tonight. you're right, the big news is the change of venue for president obama's acceptance speech tomorrow night. president obama arrived in the tarheel state a day before. the dnc decided to move the address inside the arena because of a possibility of severe thunderstorms. it was planned to be held outdoors at the bank of america stadium. >> it requires adjustments. 75,000 people were going to be there and 25,000 can be here. and i am sure that they have that figured out and they will do an excellent job with it. >> reporter: last week, bad weather forced republicans to change their convention schedule in florida. rnc cancelled most of the opening day program because of hurricane isaac. meanwhile, first lady michelle obama followed up her primetime speech last night with nighings today. >> find the nearest battleground state and find time there and can you make calls to your home to a battleground state. if can you afford it,
to what people are expecting from the first lady michelle obama's speech tonight. >> look, that is part of the reason for the excitement because first of all, have you these people and the configuration as you can see behind me, i'm above the podium which is a really great vantage point. as you can see, people are -- very, few people, very few delegations are actually on the floor. it is a bowl. they are up and around on the sides. that is, i think, making it sound a lot larger, louder, than it actually might be. it is very loud. they are very excited and they are not all here yet. there are a lot of empty seats. typically people are at dinner now but will be here in time for the keynote address. people are excited to hear castro the keynote speaker, but principally this is michelle obama's night. she is already throughout the campaign. they sent sought an e-mail a half hour ago asking people to text and send in $3 donations in advance of her speech. she told ryan seacrest today on his radio show she had not watched ann romney's speech and came here briefly to look at the stage and look
callum. good morning to you. good morning everybody at home. first lady michelle obama headlines the democratic national convention last night. it was a big night for her. she stood in front of a crowd of faithfuls and basically said that the president needs another four years to finish the job. >> i see the concern in his eyes and i hear the determination in his voice as he tells me, you won't believe what these folks are going through, michelle. it's not right. we've got to keep working to fix this. we have so much more to do. [cheers and applause] [shouting]. bill: so already now we have reaction from the romney team saying in part, quote on the first night of president obama's convention not a single speaker uttered the words americans are better off now than they were four years ago. our country deserves real solutions an a plan to turn our economy around, end quote. bob cusack, managing editor of "the hill." let's get to romney's comment first. the speech last night, how did it play? >> bill i was in the arena. it played very well. brought down the house t was genuine. at the same time ve
is in the spotlight. what we will hear from michelle obama. how will her speech compare with ann romney he is. personal take on her husband. >>> closing arguments as a jury is getting set to decide if drew peterson murdered his third wife. lots of news. we're glad you're with us. it is all "happening now." jenna: opening day at the democratic national convention, start of like baseball season, right? it is their tournament. their turn. i'm jenna lee. we're glad you're with us. jon: i'm jon scott. we're live in charlotte, north carolina with continuing coverage as president obama and his team make a case for a second term. this stands in stark contrast to the gop's, backs abortion rights, same-sex marriage and calls for higher taxes on the wealthiest americans. then come the speeches. tonight the first lady addresses the delegates. she is set to play up the difference between her husband and governor romney. another highlight tonight. the keynote address. san antonio mayor, julian castro, a rising young star in the democratic party is set to deliver it. he is the first latino ever tapped for t
first lady michelle obama had to say. >>> charges of national security leaks rocking israel forcing prime minister netanyahu to cancel a cabinet meeting. what one of his cabinet members is demand something even more shocking. we'll tell you about that. >>> verdict watch at the drew peterson murder trial. the jury is deliberating the case of the former police officer accused of killing his third wife while he remains under a cloud of suspicion in the disappearance of his fourth wife. all new, all live, it's "happening now" jenna: hi, everybody. great to see you on this wednesday. lots of news to get to today. i'm jenna lee. jon: i'm jon scott. breaking at the democratic convention, president obama's big speech nurse night is being moved from an outdoor football stadium to an indoor arena. democratic officials citing concerns about the possibility of a severe weather. jenna: wasn't just republicans that have to deal with weather. jon: both parties having weather problems. jenna: even in politics there are things you can't control. jon: don't mess with mother nature. jenna: don't mess
the president's name in for the nomination. last night michelle obama gave a personal plea for her husband's re-election calling him the man we can trust, saying success isn't about how much money you make but the difference you make in people's lives. she also said her most important title is mom in chief. >>> in brussels this morning, the u.s. embassy was evacuated while police and bomb disposal experts suspected one suspicious vehicle that contained a gas canister. police closed several main routes of the city and secured off the security zone around the embassy. >>> today jury deliberations began in illinois in the case of police sergeant drew peterson. he's charged with first degree murder in the death of his third wife kathleen savio, three years before his fourth wife disappeared. the defense said prosecutors offered garbage evidence in the case. >>> a new study finds many doctors may be giving up too soon when it comes to cpr. it finds giving cpr for just nine more minutes than the average amount gives patients a better chance of surviving. there are currently no clear guidelines for ho
of san antonio. finally, first lady michelle obama. this of course is not michelle obama as per speech of the national convention. she spoke about her husband four years ago at the democratic convention. her remarks run about 40 minutes. [applause] as you might imagine, for barack, running for president is nothing compared to that first game of basketball with my brother, craig. i can't tell you how much it means to have craig and my mom here tonight. like craig, i can feel my dad looking down on us, just as i've felt his presence in every grace-filled moment of my life. and at six-foot-six, i've often felt like craig was looking down on me, too, literally. but the truth is, both when we were kids and today, craig wasn't looking down on me, he was watching over me. and he has been there for me every step of the way since that clear day, february, 19 months ago, when, with little more than our faith in each other and a hunger for change, we joined my husband, barack obama, on the improbable journey that has led us to this moment. but each of us comes here also by way of our own improbab
came from first lady michelle obama. -----michelle obama walking with music----- ---- her goal...to show americaa... president obama's softer side as a family man and person. she says her husband álivess his values in the white house and that the issues he champions aren't political...but personal to him. well, today, afterrso many sttuggles and triumphs and moments that have tested my husbanddin ways i never could have imagined, i have seen firsthand that being president doesn't change who you are - it reveals who you are." rising young political stars. that's how peoppe aae describing two twin brothers last night. night.grace white joins us live in charlotte this morning with reaction to their ppeeches and the speech given by first lady michelle obama. grace? the speeches last night really electrified the crowd.first lady michelle obama was a big hit.she told the crowd her husband was just like them, someone who has overcome struggles to live the american . dream.but it was two twin virtually unknown on the national stage that also got the crowd going.san antonio mayor julia
scarlet particularly in the wake of the michelle obama and bill clinton speeches, which are loading up the artillery to blast away. >>shepard: republicans have put out a video in response to president clinton speech last night. >>carl: they did. it will be a t ad, and there will be a lot of them. romney has become the nominee officially he can spend the money he raised for the general election, tens of millions. he has more than $185 million in the bank. that can be spent on ads and that police begins tomorrow. a lost new commercials running about key battleground states and national purchases on national television. this one tries to attack the president's integrity using bill clinton's doubts about it back in the 2008 campaign when he claimed to be one of the first democrats to oppose the iraq war. watch. >> he is a good soldier helping his party's president but what did bill clinton say about president obama in 2008? >> give me a break. whole thing is the biggest fairy tale i've ever seen. >> that quote caused quite a stir between hillary clinton and obama saying that chin tons were
culminated with first lady michelle obama. these are some highlights. >> over the past few years as first lady, i had the extraordinary privilege of traveling all across this country. and everywhere i have gone in the people i have met in the stories i've heard, i have seen the very best of the american spirit. i have seen it in the incredible kindness and warmth people have shown me and my family, especially our girls. i've seen it in teachers in the near bankrupt school district who vowed to keep teaching without pay. i've seen it in people who become heroes at a moment's notice, diving into harm's way to save others, flying across the country to put out a fire, driving for hours to bail out a flooded town. and i've seen it in our men and women in uniform and our pratt military families. --proud military families. and wounded warriors who tell me they're not just going to walk, but are going to run and run marathons. in the young man blinded by a bomb in afghanistan who said simply, "i'd give my eyes 100 times again to have the chance to do what i have done and what i still do." every d
lady michelle obama. on the second day, president bill clinton. the third day speeches by vice president biden and president obama. you can watch it all here on c-span. now the 1952 democratic convention and a speech from nominee and i will notice -- illinois nominee adlai stevenson. he was nominated after three ballots and gave this 20-minute acceptance speech. [cheers and applause] >> mr. president, ladies and gentlemen of the convention, my fellow citizens, i accept your nomination and your program. [cheers and applause] i have -- prefer to hear those words uttered by a stronger, better, wiser man than myself. but after listening to the president's speech, i even feel better about myself. [cheers and applause] none of you my friends can really appreciate what is in my heart. i can only hope that you will understand my words. they will be view. i have not sought the honor you have done me. i would not seek it because i aspire to another office. which was the full measure of my ambition. and one does not treat the highest office within the gift of the people of illinois as an
to expectations. >> chenk, if we were going to base the election on twitter then the winner would be michelle obama. the most tweets her minute. she had 28,000 tweets per minute during we are speech, mitt romney in comparison was 14,000 tweets per minute. bill clinton did go up against football. we have to take that into consideration. we haven't even heard joe biden or president obama speak so far and already we're at 6.3 million tweets, far surpassing where the republican national convention was. what do we expect from obama tonight. >> i think it's going to be bigger than all of this, although they are going up against the music video awards on mtv. i wouldn't want to stack him against justin bieber. we saw obama for america had their first hash tag today strangely not highjacked. >> they've been highjacked by progressives. the obama campaign bought their first hash tag not highjacked. >> we saw that trending today bill clinton talking about that. i think what's been really interesting is new numbers from a pew study that came out today. how are we going to translate this, 16% have changed
will listen to first lady michelle obama. joe biden speaking earlier working to humanize and personalize this story much the way michelle did for barack obama earlier this week. we heard as well from illinois senator dick durbin, he introduced the nation to a pretty obscure illinois state senator barack obama relatively unknown back in 2008. vice president biden talked a bit about barack obama of course but what i thought was quite emotional as he said we talked about his life and dr. jill by then pointed to him and she said that it took her five times before she would marry him and that he was the love of her life. a huge cheer went up here all lot of emotion when it gabby gifford said recited the pledge of allegiance. everyone seems to be crying. i looked in the handicapped area and people were cheering for her as she walked across the stage and recited the pledge of allegiance escorted by her friend the democratic chairwoman. incredible emotion in this room and there certainly playing on a motion a great deal tonight. husbands speaking of the love for their wives and joe biden talking
campaign captured by firstç lady michele obamaand we'll bailiff you tt with -- bring you that with other speeds. >san antonio mayor julio castro plus other major speeches tonight. on-line you can find our 24 hour live stream coverage events inside and outside the hall. >> ifill: let's get started right down to the floor to ray suarez who will be with us tonight and the rest of the conventions. ray suare. >> suarez: we will hear from senate majority leader harry reid of november and house minority leader nancy pelosi of california. later on there will be video tributes, the first to fermenter president jimmy carter and one to the late senator edward kennedy of massachusetts. and of course much later tonight as judy mentioned, the keynote from the 37 year old mayor of san antonio texas, hoolian julit trocastroand michelle obama, tht lady of the united states. >> woodruff: mark shields and draifd brooks were with us last weak in tampa and they are here with us in charlotte. what does this line up tonight say to you what the democrats, what barack obama wants to accomplish
jobs report. president obama and vice- president joe biden along with first lady michelle obama and jill biden travel to ports mouth, new hampshire. this is one hour, 15 minutes. >> what a great crowd. you all are terrific. , that wead you're here are all here to welcome the president, barack obama, the first lady, michelle obama. and vice president joe biden. and it jill biden. to the greatest state in the nation. we are so excited to have the fab four in new hampshire. they have come here crash of their fantastic season in charlotte. this reminded us again of how very proud we are to have barack obama but as our president and michelle obama as our first lady. you know, president obama is fighting for what democrats have always fought for, and economy grounded in middle-class prosperity, an economy built to last. president obama knows that this is a make or break moment for the middle class. in order for the middle class to thrive, we need to restore the basic values of fairness and balance that have made this country so great. [applause] values that say, if you work hard, if y
, michelle obama, and the mayor of san antonio are two of the featured speakers at the time warner cable a real not in an uptown charlotte. 400 alternates and 5900 delegates will be at the convention. 50% of the democratic delegates are women. here is the front page of "of the charlotte observer" this morning. -- first page -- front page of "the charlotte observer" this morning. the convention kicks off in at 5:00 p.m. we will go over the schedule in just a few minutes. "voters in the second term undeserved, country is worse off." a belief that president obama does not deserve election according to a new poll. voters say that the nation is in worse condition now than it was in 2008. they say that obama does not deserve reelection. that is the top line of this poll. that seems to be a constant theme in this morning's papers. are you better off? that is the question this morning for the first section of "of the washington journal." are you better off than you were four years ago? for democrats, 202-737-0001. for republicans, 202-737-0002. for independents, 202-628-0205. please allow 30 day
it down. everybody right down somebody? what did you write down? >> michelle obama. >> harmony wrote down -- how many rode down michelle obama? half the group. why? >> her husband has got an army. >> she speaks with fire in her eyes. >> she would be a scary lady when she is mad. >> i would put paul ryan. >> i put michelle obama. i do not think it would take a lot to make her mad if you made her mad. to oprah.hat she did >> who do you want to mediate an argument between you and your spouse? who do you want to mediate between you and your spouse fax -- your spouse? an argument? >> you can we choose? -- who can we choose? >> clinton? how many said ann romney? >> she has a lot of familial experience. >> bill clinton. >> ann romney. >> she has a lot of experience and has been successful. >> let me try this. saturday afternoon, mitt romney has two free hours. no campaign, no anything. what do you think he is doing? with his two free hours? nothing. he has two free hours to himself. what is he doing? >> she is reviewing his investments. -- he is reviewing his investment. >> business related. wha
la agenda originalmente que michelle obama volviera a salir. fue tal el Éxito que tuvo la noche que gu dio su discurso michelle obama que es su nuevo papel. >>> dicen que fue extraordinario y hay gente que piensa, que tiene un futuro polÍtico aunque lo ha negado varias veces. no tiene intenciones de dedicarse a la polÍtica. y siendo primera dama es suficiente. pero no se puede cerrar la puerta. >>> tuve la oportunidad de entrevistarla hace 2 meses y le hice la pregunta precisamente. si ella estarÍa interesada en seguir los pasos de hillary clinton, postularse para cargo polÍtico y me dijo, mira mucha gente me pregunta lo mismo, pero la verdad la polÍtica no es para mÍ. la polÍtica no es para mi. me gusta el servicio pÚblico y el resto de mi vida estarÉ en servicio pÚblico, pero no en la polÍtica. pero como tÚ dices, no es primera vez que escuchamos a un polÍtico decir nunca y despuÉs cambiaron de idea por peticiÓn popular. dick durbin pronuncio sus palabras. y ma sr estÁn pasando vino dun video para conocer mÁs al presidente barack obama. >>> sin embargo, en esta oc
to hear from mayor castro to a speech that president obama gave in 2004. but i think michelle obama is popular. she is less popular today the day that obama inaugurated but she is the most popular administration official. i expect her to come out and make a case about what president obama has been like on the personal side in the oval office. remember, his likability numbers are higher. a lot of people believe that one of the reasons he continues to maintain the lead he does, in order to keep it even close, because he is well liked. she will emphasize that and try to tell that to the crowd. >> bret: they are going after women and hispanics. >> as he said, michelle obama is enormous asset for the president. as for getting young and up and coming, the rising stars, who are latino up on the stage in days to come. very, very important in the election. that president obama widely with the latinos. romney completely dropped the ball. on any kind of bridge to that electorate. they are going to take advantage of this. because of sb-1070 in arizona, galvanized community of voters. a lot of m
was good. michelle obama's speech was good. markell rubio's speech -- marco rubio's speech last week was good. going back and forth, trying to decide which way i will leave. i think it will come down to -- you can have a talking point and you can have these things you're going to do and say you are going to do all you want. it will come down to leadership. the bottom line for me as that barack obama had the control congress his first two years, he got nothing but his own way to do what he wanted to do. i am sorry. he rammed everything three. he did it in a matter of fact way and lost respect of his fellow constituents. the last two years with the republicans are getting a bad rep, beating not want to work with someone like that. >> levy dumping in -- let me jump in on that. let's go back to the floor. >> you probably could get a greater distance -- and that it greater distance between guam of florida. we begin with the mayor of riviera speech, florida. your thoughts? >> with the speech president clinton and left side of michelle, we are going to vote for president obama. how can you
messenger michelle obama checked out the arena this afternoon in advance of her speech tomorrow night. other key speakers include san antonio's mayor castro, massachusetts candidate elizabeth warren and former president bill clinton. all have their remarks aimed at key democratic constituencies. >> the obama campaign got another convention headache earlier this morning when the chairman of the california democratic party publicly compared paul ryan to nazi propagandaist joseph goebbels. the romney campaign took offense and called for a full repudiation of the remarks. the obama campaign did repudiate the remarks but did not call on mr. burton the chairman of the california party to resign. kate? >> chuck todd in north carolina tonight. >>> president obama spent this holiday on the campaign trail with a stop in a key swing state today before moving on to see flood damage in louisiana. kristen welker is traveling with the president and joins us from new orleans. good evening, kristen. >> reporter: good evening, kate. we are in new orleans where president obama took a detour from the campaign t
convention speeches and maybe not the best convention speech of the week, a distinction michelle obama or president clinton could make. because of realities, the president decided that had to trump soaring rhetoric. >> madam chairwoman, delegates, i accept your nomination for president of the united states. >> reporter: facing the political fight of his life, the 44th president of the united states made the case for his re-election, asking americans to stick with him for another four years despite tough economic times. >> our problems can be solved, our challenges can be met. the path we offer may be harder but it leads to a better place, and i'm asking you to choose that future. >> reporter: four years later the president felt he had to appeal to voters exhausted by the tone of american politics. >> i know campaigns may seem small, even sill sly sometimes. trivial things become big attractions. if you're sick of me approving this message, believe me, so am i. >> reporter: but obama pulled no punches when it came to his republican rival. his references to opponent turned him into a pun
. michele obama. i would agree with that. she is given the best speech. i would definitely agree with that. but there was one dude, the proper -- the prompter went out. i think he gets the sympathy vote, but i digress. we have presented joining us now, democratic representative from the fines to the minnesota. i was talking about how each state, it is a weird thing. i mean that in the highest regard. strong republican, strong democratic areas. jesse ventura. >> absolutely. neil: the bull's eye tight. that is usually not an easy democratic pickup, but the usual democratic pickup. should the president be worried? >> denise to be worry everywhere. as a matter of turnout. you have to get the people out. anybody who goes sicily on minnesota is making a big mistake. neil: i agree with that. the fact that republicans are contemplating some much, is that the expression? they're optimistic. michigan, michigan of all places represented with its ticket to the republican ticket opposing the bailout. competitive. and i'm wondering. wisconsin, ohio, you could be looking at it possibly. >> get togeth
. the convention starts tuesday. we will hear from first lady michelle obama. on wednesday, elizabeth warren will appear. and former president bill clinton. and, of course, the president and vice president on thursday. let's take a look at the floor here for a moment. >> in a report from fox news, the stage alone at last week's republican convention cost $20 million. the democrats have spent $7 million here at the time warner cable arena where the speakers are going to be surrounded on three sides by the audience. also different from the republican production, the democratic convention has multiple official sites. we'll be taking you to the time warner cable arena and the bank of america stadium. take a look outside of the stadium. activists are planning for bigger protests here than we saw during the republican convention in tampa. as reuters reports, the protests that were planned for the republican convention never really materialized, partly because of tropical storm isaac. but activists say they expect a stronger showing in charlotte. let's listen in. >> our goal is to unite groups from
's sister. he is michelle obama's brother. >> from the great state of hawaii, i'm maya soetoro, an educator, mother of two and proud to be barack obama's little sister. [cheering and applause] >> i'm craig robinson, michelle obama's big brother, father of four and head coach of oregon state university's men's basketball team. any seven footers out there, give me a call. >> craig and i come from different states. we've had different upbringings and, as you can see, we have different perspectives on the world. >> but no matter how different we may seem, we share a set of values our parents gave us. values the same in chicago as they are in honolulu. a willingness to work hard, a commitment to education and the responsibility to look out for each other. they're the values at the core of how barack and michelle have lived their lives, raised our nieces and led this country as president and first lady of the united states. >> four years ago at this convention, i spoke with you all about how barack and i didn't grow up with much in the way of wealth, but we were blessed with a mother who taught u
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